Q-Tip dedicated the most recent broadcast of his Beats 1 show Abstract Radio to Phife Dawg, his brother in rhyme and co-founder of A Tribe Called Quest who passed away on March 23 following diabetes-related complications at the age of 45.
A veritable group of hip-hop heads joined Q-Tip, who shared two hours' worth of ATCQ tracks, deep cuts and greatest hits alike, as well as thoughts from Pharrell, André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Big Boi and Chuck D on Phife's legacy. Lamar credited the Queens-based outfit for kickstarting his rap education back when most kids were learning their ABCs ("If I go back to being five, six years old, I remember being acquainted with the legendary, and it was a record by the name of Scenario"), and both Three Stacks and Big Boi stressed that ATCQ were "one of the primary reasons" they formed OutKast.
Q-Tip's tribute follows other fond remembrances from other notable names in hip-hop: Kendrick got the whole crowd chanting "Phife!" at a recent concert in Sydney, Australia after pausing to herald the rapper as a "pioneer," while Run the Jewels took to their own Beats 1 program to speak on Phife's impact on their careers and the genre at large.
Listen to Q-Tip's touching Phife tribute in full on Abstract Radio below.